Areas of Practice

John Kolb


After leaving active duty in the Army, I decided to attend law school. I had a list of areas of law I did not want to practice (i.e., family law, contracts, personal injury, criminal law). It seemed like eliminating those left me a very short list of legal practice areas to choose from. A mentor suggested that I pursue a legal practice which incorporated both my undergraduate education (biology and aquatic ecology) and my love of the outdoors – and with determination and dedication, a water resource practice was born!

My wife, Susan, and I enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of Minnesota’s woods and waters whenever we are able. On weekends you might find us hiking, biking, fishing, cross country skiing, camping or paddling in our home-made cedar strip canoe.

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John joined Rinke Noonan in 1996 and is a shareholder in the firm. He concentrates his practice in:

  • Water Law
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Agriculture
  • Land Use
  • Municipal Law

John co-authored the chapter Local-Scale Institutions: Lake Management Associations and Watershed Districts in the recently published book entitled Water Policy in Minnesota: Issues, Incentives and Action. For further information or to purchase the book click here.

John graduated from St. John’s University. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota.

John is a retired member of the Army National Guard where he held the rank of Colonel. He had over 20 years of active and reserve service, and commanded an artillery battalion for over two years, including 16 months in Iraq.

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit


John is active in several local, state, and national community service organizations and advisory boards.